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SMASH Recap: Season Premiere

February 7, 2012 by  
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When Robert Greenblatt took over as NBC Entertainment Chairman in early 2011, he inherited a tragic kingdom of shrinking viewership and devalued brands. Unable to demonstrate patience in building new programs from the ground up, a luxury of his previous post at Showtime, Greenblatt invested in projects with marquee value and high profile names attached. […]

HOUSE: Family Practice

Sibling rivalries erupt over a litany of factors beyond our control. Basketball tryouts change brothers into playground rivals. The affection of a mutual crush melts the bonds of sisterhood. Professional successes that should be celebrated become bragging rights in the 3-D version of the game of life. Lisa Cuddy’s struggle to find common ground with […]

HOUSE: Carrot or Stick

This week’s HOUSE dealt with tough love, a concept that is irrevocably linked with my new day-to-day responsibilities as a teacher. Students are not homogeneous, and the demands of educating the masses can often leave a chosen few behind. Kids who fear the judgment of their peers, struggle to reach out for help, and shudder […]

HOUSE: Larger Than Life

In 1992, Vice President Dan Quayle took the unusual step of turning a prime time television character into a Presidential Campaign issue. Mr. Quayle attacked the producers of CBS’ MURPHY BROWN for allowing Murphy, played by actress Candice Bergen, to become a single mother, “mocking the importance of fathers, by bearing a child alone, and […]

HOUSE: Selfish

September 28, 2010 by  
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Seven days removed from a Huddy-centric season premiere, HOUSE returned to its traditional formula this week. Writer/producer Eli Attie was assigned the difficult task of weaving the new romance between House and Cuddy into the show’s patient of the week template. As the scribe responsible for writing Allison Cameron’s departure from Princeton Plainsboro, as well […]

PARENTHOOD: No Good Deed

September 21, 2010 by  
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Berkeley, California is a progressive town. With residents who embrace big ideas and even bigger housing prices, the liberal landmark is no stranger to rapid change. This week’s PARENTHOOD was a demonstration of the consequences of change for nuclear families, budding relationships, and small businesses alike. Each branch of the Braverman family tree had its […]

HOUSE Season Premiere: Now What?

September 21, 2010 by  
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David Letterman was supposed to follow Johnny Carson as host of The Tonight Show. Despite a penchant for tweeking NBC executives, Letterman had built a loyal, young audience for his 12:30 Late Night program. As an experienced broadcaster with legitimate comedy chops, the Indiana native never imagined losing out on TV’s most prestigious franchise to […]

HOUSE Season Premiere: You Ask, I Answer

The title of HOUSE’s Season 7 Premiere is, “Now What?” If Katie Jacobs & David Shore spent their summer on TV message boards, they would have seen that question posed with regard to the romantic pairing of Gregory House & Lisa Cuddy. For Huddy-shippers, this season could not be more eagerly anticipated. For those opposed […]

PARENTHOOD: I Hear You, I See You

September 14, 2010 by  
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Last year, America joined Team Braverman. Following tonight’s PARENTHOOD Season Premiere, I am pledging my allegiance to Team Joel! In a surprising turn of events, Executive Producer Jason Katims fashioned a script that centered around Joel Graham, the often-seen but rarely heard husband to ambitious attorney Julia Braverman-Graham. Sam Jaeger shined brightly in his scenes […]

Countdown to THE EVENT: Will YOU Be Watching?

September 13, 2010 by  
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After a summer of relentless promotion and creative teaser trailers, NBC’s THE EVENT premieres in just seven days. Though the show’s ubiquitous ads invited viewers to discover, “What IS The Event,” the biggest question facing NBC executives is, “Will YOU be watching?” Launching a show at 9:00 p.m. on Monday night is a dangerous proposition. […]

PARENTHOOD: Spoilerific Preview of Season 2

September 9, 2010 by  
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With just five days left until PARENTHOOD returns for its second season, NBC has pulled back the curtain for a detailed look at what to expect in Season 2. With Peter Krause as our tour guide, the extended clip discusses the lessons learned last year, as well as hints about the road ahead… SPOILER ALERT: […]

PARENTHOOD: Two New Clips from Season 2

August 28, 2010 by  
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Behind the scenes at GIVE ME MY REMOTE, we are huge fans of NBC’s PARENTHOOD. If you listen to Kath’s TV Talk Podcast, follow Korbi’s scoops on the show’s cast, or read my reviews from Season One, it comes as no surprise that we are part of Team Braverman. Since I started teaching two weeks […]

PARENTHOOD: Your First Look at Season 2

PARENTHOOD is the crown jewel of NBC’s catalog of dramas. A rare combination of big-time star wattage and top-shelf writing, the program built an audience around the feats and foibles of the Braverman family. There were dozens of ways the show could have gone wrong, but millions of viewers are grateful that it defied the […]

CBS Unveils THE TALK: Here’s Where They Went Wrong

August 10, 2010 by  
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CBS made waves in the daytime TV arena recently, announcing the fall debut of their own all-female panel show. Though THE TALK will not directly compete with THE VIEW, opting for the 2:00pm time slot to replace AS THE WORLD TURNS, the CBS brass is targeting viewers who invite Whoopi Goldberg & Elisabeth Hasselbeck into […]

TOP CHEF D.C.: Power Lunch & The Great Pea Puree Debate

Appetizer: Congressman Aaron Schock (R, Illinois) joined the contestants for a toothpick-centered Quickfire Challenge.  $20,000 for one bite of food is a nice payoff for the Top Chefs!  Did I really see Chicken & Waffles on one toothpick?  Andrea was very ambitious with that option.  Angelo banked another victory, using a cucumber cup that successfully […]

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